July 14, 2007 Subject:
I must disagree with Zatanna. FDR did want a war, he just didn't want it in 1937, for several reasons. The U.S. wasn't prepared militarily, the public wasn't prepared for a war (after the sinking of the Panay a poll showed most of the public wanted everyone, from diplomats to missionaries, out of China where the U.S. had nothing critical to national interests at stake), and it would threaten his New Deal programs that he feared the Supreme Court was going to nullify.
Read Day of Deceit by Robert Stinnet and you'll see Roosevelt was pushing Japan towards war since at least October 1940. He was constantly violating the Neutrality Act by acts such as issuing shoot on sight orders against U-boats, and should have been impeached for it. Germany wouldn't take the bait, Japan did. Rooosevelt and his military brass knew all about the Japanese task force heading to Hawaii and withheld information from the Hawaii commanders so they wouldn't be able to prevent the attack.
Roosevelt wouldn't have been able to slough this off if more men had been killed instead of two, and if one or more of the diplomats would have been killed. He would then have had no choice but to go to Congress and ask for a declaration of war against Japan, and use Alley's film uncensored to bolster his case.
The sinking of the Panay was a provocation by the Japanese, one of a series and would continue after this with the hijacking of the Hawaii Clipper 7 months later. They wanted see what we would do. Roosevelt did nothing but let them off the hook with an "apology" saying it was a mistake when he knew better after seeing Norman Alley's film, a government sponsored (as opposed to government supported) letter of apology writing campaign by Japanese citizens and a $2 million indemnity paid by the Japanese government.
This attack doesn't remind me of Pearl Harbor 4 years later, it reminds me of the attack on USS Liberty 29-1/2 years later by the Israelis. They too overflew the ship and knew it was American and deliberately attacked the ship, even trying to machine gun the survivors and the life rafts with patrol boats. They too claimed it was an "accident, a mistake" and they too got away with it.
June 11, 2007 Subject:
Rape of Nanking
I have done alot of research into the bombing of the U.S.S. Panay. It's interesting to note that FDR actually had some of the film edited so the American people would not realize how close the Japanese plane was. This is important because with a single engine plane it would have been very obvious the ship was from the U.S. The Japanese said they could not tell it was a U.S. ship. To keep the U.S. out of war with Japan FDR repressed much of this film so their would be no public outcry. Some people claim FDR wanted a war with Japan, to me this is undeniable proof he did all in his power to keep out of war.
February 7, 2007 Subject:
(No, not the first review) The gunboat USS Panay was the first warship in history to be sunk by aircraft IN A BATTLE. Prior to this time, only condemed hulks were sunk as targets. People who thiink that Japan was "tricked" into attacking Pearl Harbor should check out how many "incidents" were commited by Japan AND Germany before December, 1941.